‘Trying To Deliver’
‘Foreigner’ To Bring Anniversary Tour To Southern Tier
SALAMANCA — Although they’ve been a chart-topping band for decades, Foreigner is still in the business of manufacturing new memories and experiences for their faithful fanbase.
Now in the midst their 40th anniversary tour the band will continue pounding the pavement in 2018, making a stop at the Seneca Allegany Events Center on Saturday, March 3, for a 7 p.m. concert.
Foreigner is one of the best-selling bands of all time, with a resume containing 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top 40 hits. A dominant arena rock band, the group has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and remains one of YouTube’s most viewed artists, with between 700,000 and 900,000 weekly streams of their songs.
Thom Gimbel, who has been a member of Foreigner since 1993 and plays rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxophone and flute, said there are a variety of reasons as to why the band’s songs have remained so accessible all these years after being released.
“This music has held up exceedingly well in comparison with other groups, and I think a lot of that is because there is something magical about the songwriting,” Gimbel told The Post-Journal. “When you combine the soulful singing that Lou Gramm and now Kelly Hansen have brought to the group with the complex chord structures and harmonies of each and every song, you find that there’s nothing cookie-cutter about these arrangements.”
Gimbel said the band’s allure has always been rooted in their commitment toward triggering and creating memories amongst their audience members.
“We’re definitely trying to deliver the songs in a way that can trigger memories. That’s an essential part of the experience,” he said. “People who’ve heard these songs since they came out hear them live and, because they have certain memories or meanings attached to the songs, things kind of take care of themselves. But we’re also making new memories for people who aren’t as familiar with the music. We want to make sure those new memories are good ones.”
Foreigner is responsible for some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most enduring anthems including “Jukebox Hero,” “Cold As Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For a Girl Like You,” “Head Games,” “Urgent,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Feels Like the First Time,” and the worldwide No. 1 hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Tickets to the band’s March 3 performance at Seneca Allegany Events Center start at $45 and are available online at senecaalleganycasino.com/ events/foreigner/, or by calling 1-877-873-6322.